October 31, 2012
0372 LUXEMBOURG - Wandering in Luxembourg City (UNESCO WHS)
As the first postcard received by me from Luxembourg, this one is also a multiview, containing 5 images, but showing other sites than the first (from left to right):
• Place Guillaume II lies in the heart of Luxembourg's historic Ville Haute quarter, and it's colloquially known as Knuedler, from the Luxembourgish word knued (knot), referring to the knot in the belt of the Franciscan friars, because the square was the site of a Franciscan monastery between 13th and 19th centuries. The western half of the square is dominated by City Hall, whilst the equestrian statue to Grand Duke William II, after whom the square is named, is the prominent feature of the eastern half.
• Bockfiels (The Bock) is a promontory in the north-eastern corner of Luxembourg City's old historical district, surrounded on three sides by the River Alzette. In 963 Count Siegfried built here the Castle of Lucilinburhuc, providing a basis for the development of the town. Over the centuries, the defence system was reinforced periodically, because Bockfiels was one of Europe's most strategic strongholds. After the Treaty of London (1867), the fortifications were demolished, but ruins of the old castle and the vast underground system of passages and galleries known as the casemates have survived until today.
• Adolphe-Bréck (Adolphe Bridge) takes road traffic across the Pétrusse, connecting Boulevard Royal, in Ville Haute, to Avenue de la Liberté, in Gare. Designed by Paul Séjourné and Paul Rodange, built between 1900 and 1903, and named after Grand Duke Adolphe, the first Luxembourger monarch who held the title not in personal union with another, the bridge has become an unofficial national symbol of independence. Its design was copied in the construction of Walnut Lane Bridge in Philadelphia, United States.
• Fort Thüngen is sited in Dräi Eechelen Park, in the Kirchberg quarter, and it's also colloquially known as Dräi Eechelen (Three Acorns) in reference to the acorns that sit atop each of the three towers. As I say before, most of the Luxembourg City's defence system was demolished after the Treaty of London, only the three towers and the foundations remaining after that. During the 1990s, the site was reconstructed in its entirety.
In 1994, City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
About the stamp
The stamp is one of the two created by the artist Linda Bos, for Europa Series 2012, which had the theme Visit... The artist conceived the two stamps in such a way as to give the impression of a single image, which brings together the historic side of Luxembourg and its modern, futuristic side:
• The Monument of Remembrance Gëlle Fra (€0,60)
• The watertower of Leudelange (€0,85) - it's on the postcard
Luxembourg (city) - Wikipedia
Place Guillaume II - Wikipedia
Bock (Luxembourg) - Wikipedia
Adolphe Bridge - Wikipedia
Fort Thüngen - Wikipedia
Europa 2012 - Visit stamps by Luxembourg - Stamp News
sent from Luxembourg, on 10.08.2012